Advantages of Small Cars

Throughout the 1990's & 2000, sedan's kept getting bigger & bigger, SUV's that were deemed to be for the weekend warrior saw themselves classified into Crossovers, Mid-size & Full-sized tanks. As we progressed into 2000 cars were surely getting bloated with stuff that most people rarely needed. Stuff like 5000 lbs towing capacity, satellite radios, V-8 engines with supercharged turbo engines, the list is endless.

But, as gas prices scaled to new heights & continue to do so even today, many people are beginning to realize the benefits of small cars. For those who want a car that is functional, safe & is fuel efficient, small cars have a lot of benefits that their bigger cousins can't even compare to.

Fuel Efficient
Small cars are the lightest on your pocket, after scooters of-course. Small cars tend to have smaller engines which leads to better fuel efficiency. Smaller cars are also lighter which leads to better fuel efficiency since you are not driving around with a lot of weight.

Low Maintenance
Smaller cars have smaller engines, generally 4 cylinders which are very low maintenance. Anybody who has owned a V6 model long enough will know about the dreaded belt change at 100k+ miles. 4 cylinder cars, nope you don't need it. They are usually driven by a chain. Thats an instant saving of approximately $2000 when your car hits the 100k.

Maneuverability
Being small, these cars are easier to maneuver, especially on smaller streets & downtown traffic. They are easier to parallel park. At slow speeds & in parking lots, they are easier to turn &behave quite well.

Lower cost of purchase
Small cars require less material to build & hence are produced relatively cheaply. Anybody remembers the $5000 Kia Rio!! At the dealer a brand new small car cost varies between $12,000 & $30,000, depending on what you features you want & the state you live in.

Good for the Environment
Ever wonder about global warming & how your habits impact Mother Earth! Small car being fuel efficient results in fewer emissions into our environment. Small cars also require less materials which means less fuel was used to create a small car. And at the end of the small car's life, less of it will end in the landfill since less was used to make it in the first place.

As technology advances things keep getting smaller & that is true for cars as well, small cars are becoming ubiquitous on our roads today & this trend is likely to continue as people get smarter about what they choose to drive.